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 #3417  by odin
 10 Jun 2017 13:12
Halocaridina wrote:
odin wrote:That's good news, yeah you can remove the poop if its annoying you but i would probably wait until they have removed most of the algae or you will have to disturb the tank a few more times then necessary.
What happens when the algae runs out? I do not want them to starve to death and crash the tank.

I have also turned off the lights totally now it is getting sunnier to reduce algae growth.
You will find that once they have eaten all the brown algae they will just happily move around the tank eating algae that is hard for us to see but there is food so don't worry, i have 7 in my large tank and they just constantly graze and i don't have any 'visible' patches of algae but they are all fine. You should be able to have your tanks lights on like normal 12 hour on and 12 off with them inside cleaning up.
 #3419  by Halocaridina
 10 Jun 2017 19:15

The snails did a good job on this main rock. Finally the lava rock is starting to look like lava rock again.
 #3420  by odin
 11 Jun 2017 09:56
Looking good! :wink:
 #3468  by Halocaridina
 23 Jun 2017 13:26
The snails are doing a good job on the taller rock, but aren't touching the other big rock very much. Hopefully they will get to it once the taller rock is clear. Tank is now cluttered with snail poop so I have ordered a fine-gravel safe vacuum that should arrive today. I also added some more chaeto and finally tied up the chaeto wall at the back. I added some more water but now the tank is dripping due to capillary action. Hopefully the water level drops fast (can't remove the lid now to speed it up because of the snails) so I can clean up the salt creep.

Going to do a nitrate test tomorrow. If it turns out okay I will look into ordering some more opae ula. Pacmed and Shrimpmart seem to have disappeared so might try Garnelen Tom.
 #3470  by odin
 23 Jun 2017 17:00
Looks like they are making good progress on the gunk in your tank!
 #3506  by Halocaridina
 08 Jul 2017 14:41
Today I did some more gravel vacuuming and a 40% water change. I also dosed a BioDigest ampoule and 2 drops of Fluval Sea Iodine.
ShrimpMart wrote:ShrimpMart is back up and running! After a series of hurricanes that disrupted our ponds, we had to check out for a while. But we are back in the game! Check us out again on http://shrimpmart.bigcartel.com/
Thank you for the reply - I will order soon!
Last edited by Halocaridina on 08 Jul 2017 15:18, edited 1 time in total.
 #3507  by odin
 09 Jul 2017 19:40
Are the snails still eating all the algae?
 #3510  by Halocaridina
 09 Jul 2017 22:44
There is still a large clump of brown algae on the top of both rocks that they do not seem to be interested in. The water has also clouded up again with some sort of algae or bacteria. I thought it was just the glass that was cloudy at first but then I used the algae scraper and it seemed like there was nothing on there, so the snails have at least done their job on the glass. I will take some photos and do another water test tomorrow.
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